The SoundPolitics.com Timeline of Events in the
Washington Governor's Race
Compiled by Brian Crouch
: Election Day. Gregoire leads
by 7,000, less than 0.6% votes -- with about 88% counted.
Many combat troops ballots were not counted: Washington was the last state to mail military ballots.
Nov. 3: Hundreds of "provisional ballots" cast in Seattle
precincts given out improperly to voters without valid ID. The vote tally vacillates
Nov. 6: Gregoire's lead narrows to less than 4,000
Nov. 8: SoundPolitics.com calls the race for Rossi, after a day of wild
Nov. 9: Rossi closes gap, pulls
ahead by 2,123 votes.
Nov. 10: Rossi ended the day up
Nov. 12: A crying Paul Berendt
and the Dems sue King County
to violate privacy of voters whose provisional ballots might be disqualified. Ignoring ethics and GOP protests, Democrats turn in more than 400 “signed”
affidavits. Vote tally spreadsheet.
Nov. 14: The WSRP fights
Nov. 15: The vote count gets even
screwier. Dean Logan
documents” delivered by a political party equal to in-person or mailing.
Nov. 16: 10,000 Magical Mystery
Ballots appear. “Distributed
vote fraud” discussed. Rossi up by 19.
Nov. 17: Rossi wins by 261 votes.
State law triggers recount.
Nov. 19: Before machine recount begins, “a recount
recount is likely,” Berendt says, if not the whole state, at least individual counties that they think merit a closer look.
Nov. 20: The risks of third-party
affidavit gathering are outlined.
Nov. 21: GOP files federal suit against King County
and the Secretary of State: election workers were “enhancing”
ballots themselves. Judge denies request for a temporary restraining order based on King
County’s assurance that 1) ballots are not being irreparably altered, and 2) “enhanced”
ballots are segregated and available for later review. Vance
calls the situation in King County
“a mess:” Ballots clearly marked for Dino
Rossi are not being counted, and are not
being stored securely.
Nov. 22: Recount results in Rossi leading by 42
Nov. 23: King County
vote counters surgically enhance 710 previously rejected ballots. Snohomish County discovers 224 brand new magical mystery ballots. The Democrats call
it a "tie."
Nov. 24: Recount finishes with Rossi ahead by 42. Gregoire says:
"We want to have confidence that the person who is sworn in in January is the person who was elected.”
Nov. 25: "I think the machine count is going to be more accurate than a manual count,"
said Dean Logan, the elections director. "You introduce another human interface
into the process. There's a margin there for errors to be made." Berendt adds, wiping away tears: "This is a Karl Rove-driven operation in this
state [that went for Kerry]. We are not going to let the… Republicans steal this election from Chris
Nov. 26: Amid calls for a recount,
336 mystery ballots appear. The WSJ takes
Nov. 30: The secretary of state certifies the result of
the machine recount, making Rossi the winner by 42 votes. Gov. Dan Evans explains why a hand recount results in more errors. Dems hold Candlelight
Vigil. When asked “Who died?” they respond, “Democracy.”
Posted by Brian Crouch at November 30, 2004
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